I have always had a fascination with duration, repetition and longevity, and how they relate to the arc of one’s life. I am curious about what happens to people over time.
Within a photographic context, I have the propensity to attach myself to the people and things that intrigue me; in my photographic meditation on juvenescence, I often create icons of the characters I find myself connected to, ultimately exploring what the transition from youth into adulthood means.
I have always sought to withhold critical objectivity in my work with an attempt and a desire to position myself in a way that creates space for intimacy and empathy between the photographer and the participants involved, whilst somehow amalgamating myself within the imagery itself.
My printed objects – my zines and books – act as a vehicle to compress visual representations of these themes and create an intimate space and proximity in which the viewer can have their own conversation with the work.
I tend to use a variety of instruments and materials to serve my visual language, and though it may be perceived as being (consistently) inconsistent, the methodology of my approach is self-contained within an overseeing arc. Despite the variety of techniques that I employ, at its core, my photography always addresses the same fundamental themes.
Every project is an exercise in trust and collaboration and as such these nuances often determine the way I decide to interpret and create the imagery. My foremost objective is to build relationships within the narrative I am exploring. Some of the questions I explore through my process are: what am I gaining from this experience outside of the photographs themselves? As a human being, where do these explorations take me and what kind of relationships am I fortifying?
With my commercially lead work, I still try to employ these qualities in the work that I produce and am acutely aware of the organising principles and constraints of fusing my work within a commercial context. It has afforded me the opportunity to work with a different frame of mind; to be flexible with my process has been beneficial to me and has encouraged me to grow in many ways.
I see my publishing endeavours as being equally valuable to all my creative facets, and my exploration in all these alternate modes of creativity has nurtured the discovery of my own personality and as an artist.